THE BEAUTY OF THE GILIS is, that in just a short trip from Bali or Lombok, you can be throwing out your beach towel, sipping on a tropical drink and getting prepared for your diving adventure with Blue Marlin. It’s so quick and easy – nobody should miss out on a trip to the Gilis! Here’s the lowdown on how to reach us. Please be aware that this information is subject to change due to weather conditions, so make sure to check outside sources for current schedules and conditions. We are also happy to help arrange all domestic flights, fast boats and interisland transfers for all of our guests.
Lombok International Airport (LOP) is the main airport in Lombok and the nearest airport to access the Gilis (approximately 1.5 hours by car and 15 minutes by speedboat). On arrival we can arrange transport for you.
Visa Requirements: 30 day “visa free” for tourists (please check that this applies to your nationality).
Air Asia – Daily flights between Lombok and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. And four flights direct from Perth, Australia. Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.
Silk Air (Singapore Airlines) – Direct flight 3 times a week: Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays.
Garuda Airlines also connects Lombok to major destinations around the world via a short stop in Jakarta.
There are daily frequent flights from Bali (DPS) to Lombok (LOP). Flight Time 30 minutes.
Air Asia and Garuda Airlines fly this route amongst other airlines. We are happy to assist you with booking of domestic flights. There will be a small booking fee.
There are many fast boat services from Bali to the Gili Islands and Lombok.
Boats depart from Padang Bai and Serangan harbour (Benoa).
Most companies offer two departures per day – the first leaving around 9am and the second at 1pm. Crossing time depends on weather and sea conditions but typically takes between 1.5 – 3 hours. Please note that most speedboats only drop off at Gili Trawangan or Gili Air. The Ekajaya Speedboat runs direct trips from Padang Bai to all the 3 Gilis.
Please contact us for recommendations and we can book your tickets for you.
The ferry leaves Padang Bai in Bali at 8am and arrives in Lembar, Lombok about 5 to 6 hours later. The ferry leaves every hour, 24 hours a day and the crossing takes 4 to 5 hours. From Lembar, you can arrange a taxi or shuttle bus to get to Bangsal (another 2 hours) and then hop on a local boat to the Gilis (20min).
Air Bali offers to fly you directly to Gili Trawangan. The heliport is based in the south of Bali, at the port town of Benoa and Air Bali offers pick-up services from hotels. The flight takes roughly 45 minutes. Please contact Air Bali directly for up to date information on prices and departure times.
If you arrive at Praya International Airport, we can arrange to have you picked up in our air-conditioned car and transferred via speedboat to the Gilis. The journey is roughly 2 hours by car and approximately 15 minutes by speedboat. Contact us to know more about the prices.
Public boats make daily trips between Bangsal Harbour and the Gilis twice a day (10 a.m. and 5 p.m). This generally takes about 20- 30 minutes. Make sure you purchase your ticket in the harbour office to avoid local touts charging you extra. The ticket office is open from 8am to 5pm and the last boat of the day departs from Bangsal at 5pm.
Should you miss the last local boat you can also charter a private boat in Bangsal. At around USD 30-40 this is relatively cheap, especially if a group of you get together and share the cost.
If you are already on one of the other Gilis or arrive on Gili Trawangan first, you can hop from island to island using the island hoppers and public speedboats. Between the two options, boats generally leave once an hour from 8am-5pm. Here’s the rough timetable for the public slow boat: Gili Air 8:30 to Gili Meno: 8:45 to Gili Trawangan: 9:00 and back. Gili Trawangan: 9:30 to Gili Meno: 9:45 to Gili Air: 10:00. Gili Air: 15:00 to Gili Meno: 15:15 to Gili Trawangan: 15:30 and back. Gili Trawangan: 16:00 to Gili Meno: 16:15 to Gili Air: 16:30.
As tempting as it may seem, please don’t attempt to swim between the islands, no matter your skill level. The islands are exposed to the open ocean and sometimes strong currents run between and around them.